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Japanese Politics Today: From Karaoke to Kabuki Democracy

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Including contributors with diverse backgrounds and outlooks, this volume provides an unconventional and provocative look at how Japan is situated in a globally unfolding transition in methods of democratic government. In Japan's case, the country is making a transition from "karaoke democracy" to "kabuki democracy." Karaoke democracy focuses on collectively redistributing ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published October 15th 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Eustacia Tan
I picked this book up at Jurong Regional Library (this is one of the places I'll miss). And despite foreboding title, I picked it up for two reasons: a. the cover. b. I'm weird this way.

Just to get things clear, in karaoke democracy, "bureaucrats provided political leaders with scripts on policy statements. Leaders generally rendered those statements as their own and tried to convince voters that they deserved to be returned to power on the basis of their ideas and policies that delivered succe
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